Marlins reliever says it is hard to respect a person like manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell lost his closer role earlier in the year. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Amid speculation that first-year Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is on his way out, relief pitcher Heath Bell took the opportunity to speak his mind about his manager on various topics.
Bell has converted on 19 of 26 save opportunities and was replaced as the closer earlier this season.
"I stunk in April, plain and simple. I said I stunk, I worked hard, I busted my butt. I think I’ve had a tremendous second half," Bell tells "The Dan Sileo Show" on 560 WQAM in Miami. "I’m not closing–I know that. But I just kept my mouth shut because I want to regain what I had, and I feel like I can’t do that."
Bell's ERA has hovered around 3.00 since being replaced but still has not gotten his job back. For the season, Bell is 3-5 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.
"It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face-to-face," Bell said. "There's probably reasons why. It’s just one of those things that–what you see is what you get. I’m not going to be two-faced. I’m not going to sneak around your back and say this and that."